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Existing iPhones to grow shipments this quarter despite mounting anticipation for iPhone 5?

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Existing iPhones to grow shipments this quarter despite mounting anticipation for iPhone 5?
Component orders for current iPhones have continued growing recently and we can expect iPhone shipments to also rise by 10% to 15% in the third quarter of 2012, according to DigiTimes supply sources. This slashes the concerns of many analysts who predicted that current iPhone sales in this current quarter will fall as anticipation mounts for the new iPhone, said to be unveiled on September 12th.

The majority of people either didn’t know or didn’t care about the iPhone 5, though, as demand is ramping up. Manufacturers reported higher orders for parts and components for current iPhone models and touch panel maker Wintek revenues surged 60% in July, not without the help of Apple's growing touch panel orders for iPhone 4S.

Cupertino and various retailers are also helping out undecided customers by dropping prices on the iPhone. Best Buy lastly slashed iPhone 4 by $50 and Sprint also cut the price of the iPhone 4S by $50.

If you are wondering whether you should buy an iPhone now or wait, we wouldn’t doubt it for a second, though - wait. All clues indicate that Apple will unveil a new iPhone in just three weeks, on September 12th, and it’s expected to be probably the biggest upgrade to the iPhone series ever. So if you get either the iPhone 4S or iPhone 4, chances are you’d feel you have an old phone in just around a month.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 21 Aug 2012, 06:38 2

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Interesting how price cuts are now being used (for the first time apparently) on the iPhone before the launch of the new model to move inventory. Before, Apple just throttled back production (remember the days when inventory ran out about 1 week before launch?).

I wonder if we will see BOGO offers immediately before launch day?

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 06:45 1

2. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

Gonna get my WP8 and take picture just like that guy holding his bag with people clapping in the back and make it viral over social networks. That's smart advertising, yeah!

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 06:57 4

3. MeoCao (unregistered)

Haha, Sprint will buy those iPhones and keep them in store.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 13:33

4. AppleWho (banned) (Posts: 57; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)

Still not better than AMAZON's 1c offers.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 14:10

5. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Well we will see Iphone 4s at $99 soon and the 4 for free. A free 3GS is one thing, a free 4 is another, given that the 3GS was an incremental upgrade from the 3G and the 4 was a big upgrade from the 3GS.

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